Canadian literature in English
W. J. Keith has chosen to ignore utterly both the popular' at the one extreme (Robert Service, Lucy Maud Montgomery) as well as the avant-garde' at the other (bpnichol, Anne Carson) in favour of those authors whose style lends itself to the simple pleasure of reading, and to that end Keith dedicates his history to all those -- including those of the general reading public whose endangered status is much lamented -- who recognize and celebrate the dance of words.'
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The beginnings in prose
The beginnings in poetry
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A. J. M. Smith A. M. Klein achievement American artistic attitudes Atwood become Birney British Callaghan Canada Canadian fiction Canadian literature Canadian poetry Canadian writing century characters contemporary conventional create critical cultural DATE POETRY PROSE Davies Davies's dramatic Dudek early edited effect English Ernest Buckler experience explored F. R. Scott Grey Owl Grove historical/cultural EVENTS Hugh MacLennan human imaginative impressive Indian intellectual Irving Layton Kroetsch Lampman land language later Laurence Layton Leacock literary living MacLennan Margaret Atwood modern Montreal Moodie moral Moreover myth narrative narrator native never non-fiction novel offers Ontario past pattern play poems poet poetic POETRY PROSE historical/cultural political prairie Pratt present Purdy readers realism Reaney Reaney's Richler Roberts romantic Rudy Wiebe Samuel Hearne satire sense short stories Souster style stylistic subject-matter Susanna Moodie symbolic theatre tone Toronto verbal verse voice Wiebe written